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How To Install Fox Body Front Sway Bar Mount Brackets | 1979-93 Mustang

Last Updated 9/25/2020 by Taylor Ward

Restore the suspension on your Fox Body with 5.0 Resto's 1979-1993 Mustang front sway bar mounting brackets! Check out our installation instructions!

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5.0 Resto's replacement front sway bar brackets replace factory brackets that are commonly bent or have the stock nut plate broken. The nut plate on top is made of plastic which usually crumbles upon removal. 5.0 Resto's bracket's feature the stock 3-piece design, but improves the strength and durability throughout with heavy-duty steel.

These brackets are a direct replacement for 82-93, but will also work on 79-81 if the customer also purchases our 5.0 Resto Weld-In Sway Bar Mounts. This will exclude the 84-86 SVO chassis. Also check out our LRS-5486AK kit that includes the 85-93 stock sway bar bushings and sway bar end links.

Below are the installation steps on our 1993 Fox Body Hatchback:


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Removal


  1. Start by lifting the vehicle via lift or jack stands.
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  3. Once supported, start by locating each one of the factory mounts. As you can see here, our 93 hatch a Vortech V3 kit has a low mount alternator. Upon inspection we found that the factory bracket was severely bent causing contact with the alternator housing.
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  5. Using a 13mm socket, remove each of the factory u-bracket bolts on each side of the sway bar. This is when you will see the lackluster factory nut plate.
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  7. The nut on the top side will be a 16mm. Once these are removed, you can turn the bracket to the 6 o'clock position to gain access to the mid-plate. Using a flatblade screwdrive, separate the mid-plate from the u-bracket.
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  9. Now you can remove the factory u-bracket from the bushing.
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  11. At this time you can look over you factory sway bar end-links and inspect these to see if they need to be replaced. Ours were still in good shape so we decided no to remove these. But if you are needing to replace, check out our sway bar removal article.
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  13. Slide the factory bushing to the center of the sway bar to gain access to it. As you can see, we still have the factory rubber bushings.
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  15. Since we did not remove the end-links, we used a razor blade to cut the factory bushings off. Do this for each side.
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  17. Once everything is removed, you can now start with the installation.


Installation


  1. With our new bushings you will see that they have a split design. Take a dab of the supplied grease and lubricate the side edge that will make contact with the sway bar.
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  3. Slip this bushing over the bar, then you can push the new u-bracket into place.
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  5. Once the u-bracket is in position, you can install the new mid-plate. This will only line up to the bracket and will only install 1 way. Repeat these steps for the other side.
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  7. Using a jack. slowly push up on the center of the sway bar to align the holes in the brackets to the chassis.
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  9. Insert the new nut plate on the top side of the factory mount. The new supplied bolts will be 15mm. Go ahead and loosely thread these in. We had to use a pry bar to get each side to properly align.
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  11. Snug each one of the bolts evenly until they are fully tightened.
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  13. Now you can check over your work and you're all done!
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Fox Body 5.0 Resto Front Sway Bar Mount Brackets


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How To Install Fox Body Mustang Front Sway Bar Mount (82-93)

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Published on 2020-09-16
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Restore the suspension on your Fox Body with 5.0 Resto's 1982-1993 Mustang front sway bar mounting brackets! Fox Body sway bar brackets have a common issue during removal where the factory nut plate crumbles when the bolts are broken loose due to the plastic construction. These brackets can also bend which can cause the sway bar to interfere with nearby components in the engine bay. 5.0 Resto's sway bar brackets resolve these issues with heavy-duty materials that are built to last. By retaining the 3-piece design, this kit is a direct replacement for your original brackets.

5.0 Resto Quality
5.0 Resto is dedicated to the preservation of the Fox Body with solution-based products built to last, and this bracket kit is no exception. Featuring a heavy-duty steel construction, the U-brackets in this kit have a center bead and side gussets for reinforcement that prevents flexing. 5.0 Resto includes a new mid-plate to secure your sway bar bushings in place. A redesigned nut plate replaces the factory unit that had pressed in nuts which were prone to strip and spin free. This nut plate is threaded and accepts the grade 10.9 bolts included to make installation quick and easy. A black, E-coat finish is applied to these brackets which resists corrosion for long lasting service life.

Application
Fits 1982-1993 Mustang (Excludes SVO)

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Transcript
79-93 SWAY BAR MOUNTS

What’s up everyone, Jay here with LMR.com. Today we will be covering a new product from 50 Resto, the 79-93 Sway Bar Mounts.

50 Resto has done it again with these brand new sway bar mounts for all 79-93 Fox applications, excluding the 84-86 SVO chassis.

This kit will include everything you need to service the factory sway bar bushing and each mount. These parts are not side specific and can be used on either side.


These will feature heavy-duty steel construction. Each of the U brackets will feature a center bead and side gussets for added strength to prevent flexing.


Each of these kits will include a factory 3 piece design. You will have the main U bracket, mid-plate, and new newly designed nut plate.

These factory nut plates are prone to breakage due to their plastic construction. 99% of the time, these shatter upon removal of the bolts.

All included hardware will be a 10.9 grade for long service life. These brackets will work with all aftermarket bushings that are designed for the stock style sway bars.

Let's head over to our 1993 Hatchback and show you how these go on.


Start by lifting the vehicle via a lift or jacks and jackstands.


Once supported, start by locating each of the factory mounts. As you can see here, our 93 hatch if you may remember, has a Vortech V3 kit with the low mount alternator.

Upon inspection, we found that the factory bracket was severely bent causing contact with the alternator housing. This made it the perfect candidate for these new mounts.

Using a 13mm socket, remove each of the factory u bracket bolts on each side of the sway bar.

Here is where you can see the lackluster factory midplate. Our’s crumbled the moment we broke the bolts loose. This nut on the topside will be a 16mm.

Once you have these removed, you can turn the old bracket to the 6 o’clock position to gain access to the midplate. Using a flat bladed screwdriver, seperate the midplate from the u bracket.

Now you can remove the factory u bracket from the bushing.


At this time you can take a look over your factory sway bar end links and inspect these to see if they need to be replaced. Our’s were still in good shape so we opted to not remove these.

If you do need to pull these off, check out our end link removal video in the description below.

Slide the factory busing down to the center of the bar to gain access to it.

As you can see here, we still had the factory rubber bushings on this one, since we did not remove the endlinks, we used a razor blade and cut the factory bushings off.

Do this for each side.


Once you have everything removed, you can start back with the reassembly process.

You will see the new bushings have a split design. Take a dab of the supplied grease and lubricate the inside edge that will contact the sway bar.

Slip this bushing over the bar and then you can push on the new u bracket into place.

Once the u bracket is in position you can install the new midplate. This will line up to the u bracket and will only install one way.

Repeat these steps on the other side.

Using a jack slowly push up on the center of the swaybar to align the holes in the brackets to the chassis.

Insert the new nut plate on the topside of the factory mount.

The new supplied bolts will be a 15mm, go ahead and loosely thread these in. We had to use a pry bar here to get each side properly aligned. Take your time here so you do cross thread any of the new bolts or nutplate.

Snug each of these bolts evenly until fully tight.

Now you can check over your work and you are all done.


Alright everyone, for years Fox owners have had to scour the junkyard to source these commonly missing or damaged brackets. 50 Resto has solved yet another issue here for the Fox chassis with these new mounts.

Basic hand tools include a socket set, jack, jackstands, and assorted screwdrivers and pry bars.

Install time should take roughly an hour from start to finish.


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